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Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 13, 2009 10:17am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

This copyright is a notice of TERMINATION not ownership.

Words termination and "Registration number not verified". reread the document carefully. Reread for clarity.
It appears that the Hammett estate attempted to copyright X-9 illegaly and the US government terminated the copyright and they were notified. In otherwords only King's features owners the rights to the character.
(NOTE!!!!) placed by me everything else post by video-cellar.

Secret agent X-9 / By Dashiell Hammett. AA151784 (1934) Termination...
Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V2601P503
Date of Recordation: 1990-10-15
Entire Copyright Document: V2601P503-505
Registration Number Not Verified: AA151784 (1934) (NOTE!!!!) Termination effective 12Oct92. (NOTE!!!!)
Title: Secret agent X-9 / By Dashiell Hammett. AA151784 (1934) Termination effective 12Oct92. (NOTE!!!!)
Notes: Notice of termination of grant under 17 U.S.C. sec. 304; date and manner of service of the notice: 8Oct90 by first class mail.
Party 1: Amy Ardell, authorized agent for Josephine Hammett Marshall & Mary Hammett Miller, heirs of Dashiell Hammett, deceased.
Party 2: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Random House, Inc.; Isidore Englander, John Hersey, Kingman Brewster & Jack H. Klein, as executors of the Estate of Lillian Hellman, assignee of Popular Publications, Inc; William Abrahams, Peter Feibleman & Richard Poirer, as literary executors under the Will of Lillian Hellman;

THIS DO NOT PROVE PUBLIC DOMAIN. I have check films superlist. Have you? You said they were both renewed.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Sep 13, 2009 11:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

Section 304 termination refers to the ability of the estates of deceased authors who have assigned their copyright (to a publisher, a film company, etc) to terminate the aggreements by notifying the copyright assignees of the termination of grant/agreement within certain time windows. This effectively means that any licenses or aggreements that the creator of the copyright work made to assign their rights to publishers, etc are cancelled and continued use by the licensee would require a new agreement.

Section 304 termination is now available around three milestones in the copyright term.
1. If the author dies before renewal term (28 years) the estate can get control of the copyright for all renewal terms and extensions.
2. If the author dies in the first renewal period, termination can be made effective around the 56 year anniversary so that the estate has copyright for the extension terms.
3. If the author dies before the end of the first extension term (75 years) the estate can terminate aggreements and control the copyright for the secont extension term (to 95 years) and any further extensions.

The copyright office often note Registration Numbers as "not verified" on Recorded Documents. This is because they don't always check the details on recorded documents. "Recorded Documents" in their database are just noterised transactions. This means that the Estate has filed its termination letter with the copyright office so that is properly recorded. I can confirm that the listed registration number is valid. This is the Secret Agent X-9's renewal entry:
Title Secret Agent X-9. Book 1
Author HAMMETT, DASHIELL (Illus. by Alex Raymond)
Registration Date 2Jul34
Renewal Date 3Jan62
Registration Number AA151784
Renewal Id R287746
Renewing Entity Josephine Marshall & Mary Jane Miller (C of D. Hammett)
Old Class Code

Also if a registration is cancelled due to factual errors, fraud or no compliance it is listed as a "Cancelled Registration" not a "Termination"

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-09-14 06:56:19

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 14, 2009 4:41am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

thanks for the helpfulness and teaching us about the copyrights. You win a cigar. DING!